Art Bouvier is giving the next person who tries to rob his Indianapolis Cajun-style eatery something to think about – by dangling a 25 percent discount for pistol-packing patrons.
After a man claiming to have a gun robbed Papa Roux Saturday night, the New Orleans native announced that customers with a valid a concealed handgun permit will get a quarter off their tab. Bouvier told FoxNews.com he hopes it will send a strong signal that it’s a bad idea to pull a gun with bad intentions in his restaurant. ….
… Bouvier 46, cooked up the plan after a man walked into the restaurant and told the cashier he had a gun and demanded money. The suspect — who is still being sought — made off with cash from a tip jar and no one was hurt. Bouvier said a customer approached him shortly after the hold-up and said he had a gun and was prepared to use it if things got out of hand. But Bouvier, who already offers a 50 percent discount to police officers, noted that no one knew there was a law-abiding gun owner in the restaurant when the robbery occurred. That got him thinking.
“What if criminals recognize my restaurant as a place where legal and responsible gun owners come to dine?” he said. “They would think twice about what they’re doing.
“I don’t care if they bring in a gun or not,” Bouvier said of his customers. “The 25 percent discount is simply for showing you have a carry license, meaning you have a clean criminal record.”
Bouvier first made the announcement Sunday in a Facebook post that has since gone viral.
“If thugs are going to come in and threaten OUR extended family with guns, you’d better believe I will use every trick I know to protect our family,” he wrote.
Loyal customers left messages of support for Bouvier and his response to the robbery. …..
And, that’s how you win!